We know the October sessions were a real struggle. How would you describe the band’s approach to the War sessions? Were they more focused?
Yeah, I think it was a case of, “OK, guys, we need to be The Clash.” I always have these memories of Bono saying to Edge, “Don’t do that! Don’t be like The Edge! Be like Mick Jones!” — trying to push Edge into a more aggressive guitar playing. Edge is a very whimsical, ethereal sort of person, and I think Bono was trying to get him to be more pointed and more sharp. He had his echo box, and you play around the sound you make, so Bono was pushing him to be more aggressive. I seem to remember the words “The Clash” came out more than once in the sessions.” —25 Years of War: 5 Questions with Steve Lillywhite | U2 news article from @U2